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Best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Monument / Landmark
“It's a wonder of the world and worth your time! Make sure to book tickets on the "Trem do Corcovado" online ahead of time. ”
660 locals recommend
Mountain
“Buy tickets online and go at sunset. It will be an unforgettable experience. ”
857 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Forward-thinking museum devoted to science and better understanding our natural world. Free to all visitors on Tuesdays. ”
432 locals recommend
Shoe Repair
“Shopping mall - 3 blocks from home and down the pedestrian tunnel, official Havaianas shop, bikinis stores (Bum Bum, Salinas, etc.), among others.”
530 locals recommend
Park
“Stunning public park that most visitors overlook, known for a gorgeous mansion that was once the former residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriella Besanzoni. ”
508 locals recommend
Military Base
“Visit the Fort for incredible views as well as a history lesson on Rio. There are two restaurants, including an outpost of Confeitaria Colombo, inside the Fort Grounds.”
498 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Perfect place for families to rent bikes or paddle-boats, with stunning panoramic views. ”
604 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“A hot spot for good restaurants and bars as well. Have lunch/ dinner at Puro or Jojo's and at night go up the road to the bars on rua Pacheco Leao. Or to have a typical Brazilian meal/ delicious meat, go to Rubayat, the restaurant where you look out over horse races at the inner city jockey club. In the same area you have the beautiful open-for-all art school Parque lage which is worth a visit, they have recently opened a good relaxed restaurant inside. ”
375 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“It's a very clean and organized shopping Mall and it's basically two blocks from the apartment.”
325 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“One of the biggest shopping malls in South America. You'll find everything you need. ”
393 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is the New Orleans of Rio, in part due to its historic colonial buildings — in other part due to its samba-centric streets! Come here from 9pm onward and you'll find unrivaled street parties, the Carioca Aqueduct and the famous Escadaria Selaró. ”
356 locals recommend
Beach
“Arpoador is located in between Copacabana and Ipanema — making it one of the best beachside views in the city. Climb the rocks and prepare for some primetime surfer watching. ”
397 locals recommend
Beach
“The 2.5 mile long beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most recognizable beaches in the world. Made famous by the nightclubs, casinos, and hotels in the 1950s - Copacabana Beach is lined from one end to the other with tourist class and luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.”
338 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“It is ons of the biggest art centers in the world. It holds art exhibitions, theaters, historial exhibitions, music and other activities. The building located at the heart of the most conserved "old Rio" quarter is also astonishing.”
282 locals recommend
Hotel
“Our apartment is just 2 blocks from the beach at Posto 10 (Lifeguard post 10). Its on Ipanema Beach where you will always find plenty of sports activities and beautiful people. The beach is more narrow here and the water is pretty rough. People spend most of their time in the sand, or in the surf in front of the crashing waves. ”
276 locals recommend
Theater
“The most beautiful classic theater in Rio de Janeiro city, inspired in the Opera de Paris. Walking tours available (check on their website for days and hours). Watching a play is also an option, with good prices on the higher floors. ”
278 locals recommend